Benjamin R. Barber, a political theorist whose book, “Jihad vs. McWorld,” presciently analyzed the socioeconomic forces leading to the. Jihad vs. McWorld: How Globalism and Tribalism Are Reshaping the World is a book by American political scientist Benjamin Barber, in which he puts forth . Benjamin R. Barber, Author, ‘Jihad vs. McWorld: Democracy As an. Rarely, as Richard Falk writes in The Great Terror War, has an event exerted such leverage .

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Your subscription to Read More was successful. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He points out that Islam has no word for “democracy” and has to use the Greek term. How Globalism and Tribalism Are Reshaping the World is a book by American political scientist Benjamin Barberin which he puts forth a theory that describes the struggle between “McWorld” globalization and the corporate control of the political process and ” Jihad ” Arabic term for “struggle”, here modified to mean tradition and traditional valuesin the form of extreme nationalism or religious orthodoxy and theocracy.

McWorld is a groundbreaking work, an elegant and illuminating analysis of the central conflict of our times: Barber’s prognosis in Jihad vs McWorld is generally negative—he concludes that neither global corporations nor traditional cultures are supportive of democracy. At which point you might think that putting “Mc” in front of anything you find meretricious or glib is.

MCWORLD is an essential text for anyone who wants to understand the challenges facing us after the tragic events of September 11, and in light of the current conflict in the Middle East. He may remind you at times of Daniel Bell, whose Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism more or less blamed Playboy for the unravelling of the work ethic, but like Bell he’s no fool.

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Every case is different, however “Democracy grows from the bottom up and cannot be imposed from the top down. Apr 21, Pages. McWorld is an essential text for anyone who wants to understand our troubled present and the crisis threatening our future. McWorld may promote peace and prosperity, but Barber sees this as being done at the cost of independence and identityand notes that no more social justice or equality than necessary are needed to promote efficient economic production and consumption.


Views Read Edit View history. Jul 30, Pages. Fourth EditionBlackwell Publishers Ltd, pg. Lechner and John Boli. Apr 21, Pages Buy. Surprisingly, this is its first publication in the UK.

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McWorld Cover to the paperback edition. The things that especially bother him are the erosion of the state’s responsibilities, the maniacal rush towards market solutions, the bogus ethical concerns of corporations and the potentially catastrophic competing demands of multiculturalism, as opposed to the mutually beneficial interdependence of pluralism. Barber offers a penetrating and pertinent analysis jihae consumerist capitalism versus religious fundamentalism. Due mcwworld globalization, our market has expanded and is vulnerable to the transnational markets where free trade, easy access to banking and exchange of currency are available.

Retrieved from ” https: Also, technology is now systematically integrated into everyone’s lives to the point where it “gives every person on earth access to every other person”.

Jihad vs. McWorld: Terrorism’s Challenge to Democracy

mcworldd This is a wholly benjamih tribute: LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. As neoliberal economic theory —not to be confused with social liberalism —is the force behind globalization, this critique is relevant on a much larger scale. Sign up to our newsletter using your email. Benjamin Barber similarly questions the impact of economic globalization as well as its problems for democracy.

Kurds, Basques, Puerto Ricans, Ossetians, East Timoreans, Quebecois, the Catholics of Northern Ireland, Catalans, Tamils, and of course, Palestinians- people with countries, inhabiting nations not their own, seeking smaller worlds within borders that will seal them off from modernity.

Civil bebjamin has to be built from the inside out. The list, Barber points out, is very similar to that of William Prynne’s 17th-century tirade, Histriomastix ; but it is at this point that Barber seems most to sigh for the moral purity that we have lost while playing Nintendo and eating cheeseburgers.

These diametrically opposed but strangely intertwined forces are tearing apart—and bringing together—the world as we know it, undermining democracy and the nation-state on which it depends. McWorld is the term that distinguished writer jjihad political scientist Benjamin R. Barber states that neither Jihad nor McWorld needs or promotes democracy.


Jihad vs. McWorld

As globalization imposes a culture of its own on a population, the tribal forces feel benjamn and react. You might take issue with the two-page preface to the British edition. On the other hand, ethnic, religious, and racial hatreds are fragmenting the political landscape into smaller and smaller tribal units.

On the one hand, capitalism on the global level is rapidly dissolving the social and economic barriers between nations, transforming the world’s diverse populations into a blandly uniform market.

For instance, cutting down a jungle will upset the overall oxygen balance, which affects our “global lungs”. Barber has coined to describe the powerful and paradoxical interdependence of these forces.

Against this is the argument of those like Hasan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, railing against the “wave of atheism and lewdness” rolling over Egypt in the s. The commentator with the eggiest face is Francis “End of History” Fukuyama. More than just economic, the crises that arise from these confrontations often take on a sacred quality to the tribal elements; thus Barber’s use of the term “Jihad” although in the second edition, he expresses regret at having used that term.

Resources are also an imperative aspect in the McWorld, where autarky seems insufficient and inefficient in presence of globalization. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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Cover to the paperback edition. Barber also describes through modern day examples what these ‘players’ are. In this important book, now more timely than ever before, he explores the alarming repercussions of this potent dialectic and in his new introduction sketches a democratic response to terrorism.